Dale George Barfnecht, age 71, of Mayer, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
He was born June 1, 1947, in Watertown, the son of Walter and Violet (Wandersee) Barfnecht. Dale was baptized at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano by the Rev. Bruns June 15, 1947.
He was instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith March 26, 1961, by the Rev. Wetzel at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Dale graduated eighth grade May 29, 1961, from St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Watertown.
He farmed all his life.
Dale married Elizabeth “Betty” Brandenburg Aug. 24, 1968, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. The Rev. Lenz performed the wedding ceremony. God blessed their marriage with two sons, Daryl and Douglas.
Dale enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, and tractor pulling.
He was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer.
Dale is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Betty; sons Daryl (Michelle) Barfnecht, and Douglas Barfnecht (special friend Amy Martinson), all of Watertown; grandsons Brett (Julia) Barfnecht of Arlington, and Tyler Barfnecht of Watertown; siblings Eugene (Donna) Barfnecht, Donald (Mary) Barfnecht, all of Watertown, and Joan (Ken) Moy of Mayer; sister-in-law Sharon (Jerry) Kahle of Cologne; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Violet Barfnecht; parents-in-law Lloyd and Edna Brandenburg; sister and brother-in-law Jane (Duane) Weibel; sister-in-law Janice Barfnecht; and by a nephew Darwin Barfnecht.
A memorial service took place Monday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, with the Rev. Adam Gless officiating. Urn bearers were Brett Barfnecht and Tyler Barfnecht. Interment followed at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
There was visitation Sunday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a prayer service at 7:50 p.m.; continuing Monday at the church.one hour prior to the service.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences can be made at www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.